Jack Adams Trophy
Coach having most contributed to team's success
Columbus will experience a true turnaround this year, riding a healthy Rick Nash all the way to the playoffs. Then maybe we'll be able to find Columbus on a map of North America.
Honourable Mention: John Tortorella, Wayne Gretzky
Rookie of the Year
Kessel will drop right into a pivotal role offence and powerplay, picking up 25 goals and 70 points in the process.
Honourable Mention: Evgeni Malkin, Guillaume Latendresse
Player judged to be most valuable to his team
The NHL and everyone involved in it, including the media, are fast-tracking Crosby's rise to superstar, eager as they are to have a poster boy. He is formally anointed heir to Gretzky with this award.
Honourable Mention: Jarome Iginla, Brad Richards
Honourable Mention: Mats Sundin, Andrew Raycroft
Chuck Norris Memorial Trophy
Player deemed to defend like Chuck Norris
Somewhere along the way, this unfortunately became the award for high-scoring defencement. Ah well, the masses must be fed. Hopefully Niedermayer doesn't roundhouse kick someone to the head with his skates on.
Honourable Mention: Bryan McCabe, Wade Redden
Hossa and Kovalchuk will work like magic this season. Kovalchuk wins the title with 62 goals.
Honourable Mention: Joe Thornton, Alexander Ovechkin
NHL Scoring Leader
Thornton will become the first player in history to win the Hart and Art Ross trophies after having been traded from the team he captained for reasons unknown other than an a penny-pinching owner. Final tally: 113 points.
Honourable Mention: Jason Spezza, Jarome Igingla
Top Defensive Offenceman, or something or other
All joking aside, I love this award. It sets out to recognize a non-glory type player, one who gives up statistical prominence for the benefit of the team. Unfortunately, this year the award will go to Mike Peca, because there's no way the Toronto media allow the Leafs to get shut out of the awards.
Honourable Mention: Brad Richards, John Madden
Georges Vézina Trophy
I know it hurts, Ottawa fans, but Hasek will be playing with chip the size of the Rideau Canal on his shoudler. This will spur him to a G.A.A. below 2.00.
Honourable Mention: Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo